The New Melle Board of Aldermen met Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at City Hall. Present were Mayor Richard West, Aldermen Nik Bradley, Gary Schneider and Don Hendrich, plus the city attorney, city engineer, and city clerk. There were also several people in the audience.
After the pledge of Allegiance, Mayor West presented, on behalf of State Rep. Bryan Spencer, a Senior Service Award to Alderman Don Hendrich. Hendrich was one of six recipients from the 63rd legislative district (and about 70 statewide) to receive the award, which recognizes senior citizens for their service in the community. Hendrich has served the City of New Melle for several years as an alderman and mayor. Hendrich also delivers Meals on Wheels and is active in his church – St. John’s UCC-Foristell/Cappeln. West thanked Hendrich for his service to the community, saying he is someone who is always there when needed, and asks for nothing back in return. West said, “On behalf of the Lt. Governor and Rep. Bryan Spencer, I’m happy to present this award to you. Thank you for your service.”
In Open Forum:
A new resident, Trevor Goodman, said he would like to get involved in the community and may be interested in serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission or Board of Adjustment. Another resident, Julie Lassiter, volunteered to serve on the Board of Adjustment. Both residents were asked to fill out applications for the positions, for consideration and appointment at a later date.
The Board of Adjustment meeting and public hearing set for May 15 had to be cancelled due to lack of a quorum. At least 4 members must be present, and only 2 people were available. It is hoped the hearing can be rescheduled for early June. Anyone interested in serving on either the P&Z Commission or Board of Adjustment is asked to contact City Hall as soon as possible so both boards can be appropriately staffed so that one person’s absence does not disrupt business that needs to be conducted.
Also in open forum, it was mentioned that NMSR has asked the city to help fund traffic control during the New Melle Festival parade. The request will be put on the next meeting’s agenda.
Mayor West mentioned that all mayors from St. Charles County and some county officials visited Jefferson City on May 12th to lobby lawmakers to pass the GM tax incentive package, which will facilitate a major expansion at the Wentzville plant. That measure did in fact get approved late on May 14th in Jefferson City.
The estimated cost to place a sidewalk in front of New Melle Sports and Rec, on the east side of Route Z, was bumped up from $39,000 to $52,000 to address a drainage issue that was not included in the original estimate. The board voted to put the project out to bid.
Sycamore Creek Street Repair – During final measurements for the bid package, it was discovered that some additional slabs needed replacing, raising the estimated cost approximately $16,000. The board voted to include those additional slab replacements in the upcoming bid request.
Old Business:1. City vs. Sullivan lawsuit: There is a meeting scheduled for May 24th to try to set a court date.
New Business:1. Bid for Lawn Services: Two local companies submitted bids for lawn mowing services for the City of New Melle: The Greenwood Group-Hwy. Z, New Melle ($8380/year), and American Grassland-Hickory Hill Court, Foristell ($7320/year.) After reviewing the bids for consistency of services to be provided, the board voted to accept the lower bid. The contract is for 1 year, but renewable for 2 additional years at the same rate.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the New Melle Board of Aldermen should be June 11, however, a special meeting may be scheduled sooner to appoint Board of Adjustment members so that a public hearing on a variance request can proceed in a more timely manner. Watch for more information to follow. Agendas for upcoming meetings are posted at City Hall, at the New Melle Post Office, on the city’s website, www.CityofNewMelle.org, and typically at www.boonecountryconnection.com. A copy of the city’s ordinances are also posted on the city’s website, along with permit applications and other information.